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Author: (Valenciennes, 1833)

Parapristipoma octolineatum (Valenciennes, 1833)

Diagnosis: head 3.0-3.3 in standard length. Eye large 3.0-3.6 in head. Mouth large, oblique, chin prominent; snout short, without a prominent swelling on tip, usually more than eye diameter except in large specimens. Gillrakers 22-23 on lower arm. Dorsal fin continuous with 13 spines and 14-15 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 7 rays. Scales fairly small, 53-58 pores in lateral line. Colour: violet-brown or greyish with 4 pale blue longitudinal stripes on back and sides beginning on head; fins greyish. Size: to 50 cm SL, usually 20-30 cm.

Habitat: shallow waters from the shoreline to about 50 m on sand or rocky bottoms. Food: crustaceans and molluscs. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: from the south of area along African coasts, including islands. northward to Portugal and Spain, also in western Mediterranean (uncommon). Elsewhere, African coast southward to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

African striped grunt (Parapristipoma octolineatum)